2023 archive

The Council of All Beings: A Deep Ecology Experience of Unity and Reflection

Photo of a female Satin Bowerbird on a tree branch.

In the year 1986, Australian environmentalist John Seed and North-American activist Joanna Macy joined forces to create a ritual known as "The Council of All Beings." This practice draws inspiration from Deep Ecology principles and indigenous wisdom. It serves a …

Imposing lunar time zones, a giant leap toward colonizing the Moon

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The European Space Agency recently proposed standardizing lunar time, creating a time zone, or time zones, for the Moon.  Considered by some to be merely symbolic, history demonstrates that where contemporary humans have imposed time, they have also imposed …

Is Sustainability Enough? What we can learn from the rise (and rise) of rights of nature and Earth laws


AELA's National Convenor, Dr Michelle Maloney, and Christina Meyers ask what we can learn from the rise (and rise) of rights of nature and Earth Laws in this essay from the Law Society Journal's March 2023 edition.

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How Ecocide Could Be Made a Crime in Australia

Ecocide Laws Australia

AELA is hosting an Australian working group made up of lawyers, academic researchers and law students, who are working to draft Ecocide laws for jurisdictions in Australia. The working group presented webinars on 24 November 2021 and …

Making Ecocide an International Crime

This blog will explore how we can make ecocide an international crime.

There are several ways that Ecocide could be recognised as a crime in international law. One way is to create an International Treaty signed by Nation States. At …

Stop Ecocide International and the Legal Definition of Ecocide

This blog will explore Stop Ecocide International and the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide.

Stop Ecocide International

Stop Ecocide International (SEI) was co-founded in 2017 by pioneering barrister Polly Higgins (1968-2019) and current Executive Director Jojo …

The History of Ecocide

We are currently living in an ecological and climate emergency and the sixth mass extinction. Through 2019 and 2020 Australia suffered bushfires. The fires destroyed more than 10 million hectares of land across Australia, including more than 20% of temperate …